Leonard Fenton, actor who played Dr Legg in EastEnders, dies at 95 | EastEnders

Actor Leonard Fenton, who played Dr Harold Legg in EastEnders, has died aged 95.

He appeared on the first episode of EastEnders in February 1985, with his final scenes airing in 2019.

A statement from his family said: “The family of actor Leonard Fenton are heartbroken to announce his death at the age of 95 on Saturday January 29. Best known for his role as Dr. Legg on EastEnders, Leonard’s acting career spanned more than 60 years. .

“He has worked in television and film and his long stage career has included time at the National Theater and more recently the Royal Shakespeare Company. He felt privileged to have worked with some of the greats of theatre, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller.

“His passion for painting and singing predated his acting career and was equally important to him. His family will miss him beyond words. We feel incredibly lucky to have been able to be with him as his health deteriorated towards the end – a privilege denied to so many in these difficult times.

A spokesperson for EastEnders added: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn that Leonard has passed away. Since appearing in the very first episode of EastEnders, Leonard has created a truly iconic character in Dr. Legg who will always be remembered. Our love and thoughts go out to Leonard’s family and friends.

‘He was a lovely man in every way’… Eastenders co-star June Brown (pictured left, as Dot Cotton, in 2018) on Leonard Fenton.
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He appeared in a total of 267 episodes of EastEnders, with viewers giving his character a final farewell in 2019.

The character was close friends with Dot Cotton, played by June Brown, as he entertained her hypochondria and seemingly endless list of ailments.

Brown paid tribute to Fenton after news of his death was announced. She said in a statement: ‘I first met Leonard as Dr Legg when I joined the cast of EastEnders as Dot, his hypochondriac patient, in 1985. He was a lovely man in every way, first as a person, then as an actor, extremely polite and kind.

“I enjoyed working with him immensely for many years and missed him when he retired. I was happy to have been with him for his final scene with Dot by his side and my thoughts are with to his devoted family.

Other cast members also remembered Fenton, with Natalie Cassidy saying, “I had the pleasure of working with Leonard. He was utterly charming, continually joked with me and loved talking about his past. I feel honored that our paths have crossed. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Gillian Taylforth said: “I’m so sorry to hear the very sad news about Leonard. He was such a lovely, lovely man, so kind and always told the most wonderful stories. I send my love and condolences to his family. RIP dear Leonard.

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